The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) congratulates board member Dr. Stephen H. Balch on the recent launch of a new Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

The Institute, the only program of its kind among major American universities, aims to rekindle academic interest in the integrated study of Western civilization. It will offer conferences, publications, presentations, online resources, and seminars to stimulate discussion and research, and it will help develop Western civilization curricula for the Honors College at Texas Tech.

Dr. Balch was most previously the founder and president of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), America’s largest and most active membership organization of scholars committed to higher education reform for twenty-five years. He holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and, for fourteen years, was a member of the Government faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AHI as well as the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and has played an important role in the founding of four other higher education reform organizations. He is the author of a variety of articles on the problems of higher education, his comments appear frequently in the media, and he has spoken before academic and general audiences on many campuses.